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Matthew B. Gilmore

New Zoning for the District of Columbia – September 6, 2016

New Zoning for the District of Columbia

Comparison maps/new and old overlaid (PDFs):

Some zone nomenclature changed–both labels are on the map-old nomenclature in red, new in black. White outlines/boundaries without superimposed red lines indicate new boundaries.

Online change/swipe map http://dcoz.dc.gov/onlineservices/changemap.shtm


ArcGIS online map: 2016 Zone Boundaries

Link to New Zoning Regulations taking effect September 6, 2016

project that began in 2007 with the Zoning Commission holding two roundtables and concluded on January 14, 2016 with the Zoning Commission voting unanimously to adopt text to revise the DC Zoning Regulations and approve map amendments to implement that text. This is the first time the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map have been comprehensively revised since 1958. The new text and a description of the map amendments will be published in a forthcoming issue of the District of Columbia Register. The Notice will indicate that the new text and Zoning Map will become effective on September 6, 2016.

2016 Zoning Regulations

full title:

“Regulations Controlling and Restricting the Height, Bulk, Number of Stories, And Size of Buildings and Other Structures, The Open Spaces Around Them, The Density of Population, And The Uses of Buildings, Structures, And Land in The District of Columbia, and for Said Purposes Dividing the District of Columbia into Zoning Districts.”

The Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia, pursuant to authority conferred by Congress under the Zoning Act of 1938, approved June 20, 1938 (52 Stat. 797, as amended; D.C. Official Code §§ 6-641.01 to 6-641.15 (hereafter, the Zoning Act), after public notice and hearing prescribed by law, does hereby establish and adopt these regulations (2016 Regulations) and the Zoning Maps accompanying them to supersede in full the zoning regulations and the Zoning Maps, as originally adopted on, and effective as of 12:01 a.m. May 12, 1958 (1958 Regulations), as amended, and that are hereby repealed.


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